Affirmative Action For College Admissions

990 Words Mar 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Affirmative action in college admissions continues to be heatedly debated. In 2003, the Supreme Court had ruled in Grutter v. Bollinger that diversity was a compelling interest for colleges to use race in admissions. In the amicus brief that the American Sociological Association et al. provided to the Supreme Court, sociological evidence was presented to elucidate the value of affirmative action. Yet in 2006, Proposal 2 was passed in Michigan to ban affirmative action in public education (Levitsky). Based on the information in the amicus brief, the correlation between race and socioeconomic status of the minorities, and the negative effects of banning affirmative action, admissions officers at the University of Michigan should consider race as a factor along with the other life experiences of an applicant. In the amicus brief, social scientists of the American Sociological Association et al. argue three main points in support of the university’s affirmative action policy. Firstly, they assert that race greatly shapes the life experiences of black, Latino, and Native American students. The impact of race on their lives affects their learning and puts them at a disadvantage socially, economically, and psychologically. Secondly, they argue that factors that assess academic competence, such as grades, standardized test scores, and course loads, only test the skills that students gain based on the amount of resources that are available to them; minorities tend to have less…
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